Council to consider landfill improvements

By on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla City Council will consider authorizing a $121,890 professional services contract with Anderson Perry and Associates for design and construction management of the Landfill Road and compost pad improvements project at the city landfill. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. today (Wednesday).

This project will reconstruct the commercial vehicle lane to the south of the scale. This is the original road from the 1970s when the landfill began operation.  During the 2019 entrance improvements project, this lane became the commercial vehicle lane which means it will now be subject to constant, heavy vehicle traffic from garbage trucks which will accelerate the deterioration of the pavement.  This portion of the landfill road also has drainage issues that need to be addressed.

The compost pad has experienced substantial settling in several areas due to the decomposition of the waste buried beneath the pad.  The settlement has resulted in improper drainage which had previously been accomplished by the pad being sloped towards the compost stormwater pond.  Improper drainage can result in finished compost being contaminated by the liquid from unfinished compost, which delays the final product being ready for sale.  The improvements will include asphalt surface treatment and installation of catch basins, manholes, and a storm drain main to collect and direct the stormwater to the compost stormwater pond and allow for better stormwater management as the waste will continue to settle over time.

The total project cost is estimated at $1.4 million.

The council will also consider authorizing a lease agreement with W3 Entertainment for operation and management of the Veterans Memorial Golf Course through December 31, 2023. W3 Entertainment is proposing retaining the current course maintenance superintendent and also having an experienced golf pro on their team.

Tonight’s meeting will be streamed on the city’s website and on Zoom. The meeting ID number is 874 7553 9758.

Photo of the Sudbury compost facility via the city of Walla Walla